Business of Law

  • March 6, 2008

    Bill To Allow Cameras In Federal Courts Progresses

    A U.S. Senate panel signed off on bill Thursday that would give federal judges the power to allow television cameras into their courtrooms. The measure will now proceed to the Senate floor.

  • March 5, 2008

    Helms Mulliss, McGuireWoods To Merge

    North Carolina-based Helms Mulliss & Wicker PLC and Virginia-based McGuire Woods LLP have joined forces, combining to create a firm with nearly 900 attorneys in offices scattered across the globe.

  • March 5, 2008

    Cost-Cutting May Boost Smaller Law Firms: Study

    Faced with the need to cut legal fee costs, in-house corporate counsel may avoid larger firms in favor of more cost-efficient alternatives, such as smaller firms, according to a new study commissioned by international law firm Eversheds LLP.

  • March 7, 2008

    High Court Recusals Questioned After Split Rulings

    Chief Justice John Roberts' recusal from participating in a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, preventing what would have been a decisive vote in a product liability suit against Pfizer Inc., has renewed concerns about the high court's recusal process.

  • July 28, 2008

    Legal And Regulatory Calendar

    Our daily calendar of events lists conferences and hearings scheduled to take place in the next four weeks.

  • February 26, 2008

    LeClairRyan, Wright Robinson To Merge

    LeClairRyan and Wright Robinson Osthimer & Tatum announced Tuesday that they are merging, bringing Wright Robinson's successful trial-management and e-discovery practice to a new home.

  • February 26, 2008

    In-House Counsel Enjoyed Pay Increases In 2007

    Salaries of in-house legal counsel rose alongside that of lawyers at large firms last year, with chief legal officers and general counsel in legal departments of more than 25 lawyers making a median salary of $645,000, according to InsideCounsel's 2008 compensation report.

  • February 13, 2008

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  • January 30, 2008

    Giuliani Drops Out, But Will His Law Firm Suffer?

    Rudy Giuliani's bid to become president effectively ended Tuesday when he finished a distant third in Florida's Republican primary. But though he will now have more time to spend at his day job as a name partner with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, it remains to be seen whether he will continue to have sufficient clout to attract clients and recruit legal talent for the firm's growing New York office.

  • January 29, 2008

    Legal Industry Growth To Slow In 2008: Report

    After a somewhat promising first half of 2007, the U.S. legal profession slid into tougher times amid the subprime mortgage meltdown and other economic woes. As a result, the industry's growth will slow in 2008, according to the latest client advisory from legal consultancy Hildebrandt International and Citi Private Bank.

  • January 17, 2008

    Law Firms Take Gloomy View Of Future

    Managing partners at U.S. law firms became “sharply more pessimistic” in late 2007 about both the economy and its anticipated effects on the legal industry, according to a report released this week by the law firm group at Citi Private Bank.

  • January 17, 2008

    Firm Ordered To Hand Over Disbarred Lawyer's Fees

    A state appeals court has ruled a New Jersey law firm cannot pocket the referral fees owed a disbarred attorney who sent the firm scores of personal injury cases in the months before his license was suspended.

  • January 16, 2008

    Amazon's E-mail Agreement Same As Paper: Judge

    Reinforcing the power of e-mail as a medium for an enforceable settlement, a Massachusetts appeals court ruled in favor of Basis Technology Corp. in its case against Amazon.com Inc. regarding nonpayment for work done on the online retailer's Japanese Web site.

  • January 15, 2008

    Sullivan & Cromwell Settles E-Discovery Dispute

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has settled a breach of contract case against an electronic-discovery vendor that allegedly missed deadlines and provided shoddy work, hindering the firm's ability to meet a discovery deadline.

  • February 19, 2008

    Lawyers Boost Dems As Presidential Election Heats Up

    Spurred by strong candidates and a perception that the Bush administration has overstepped the rule of law, attorneys have given record contributions to Democratic presidential candidates in this election at a rate of nearly 4-to-1 compared to Republicans.

  • January 14, 2008

    Womble Carlyle, PoGo In Merger Talks: Report

    Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC is reportedly in discussions to merge with struggling southeastern counterpart Powell Goldstein LLP.

  • January 11, 2008

    FOIA Changes Could Signal End To Agency Red Tape

    New amendments to the Freedom of Information Act aim to put more pressure on government agencies to provide a timely response to requests for information. Federal agencies could now face financial consequences if they blow their FOIA deadlines.

  • January 22, 2008

    Firms Do Damage Control After Pay Boosts

    With associates' salaries and billable-hour requirements on the rise, some law firms are shifting into damage control mode to address clients' concern for their pocketbooks — and attorneys' worries about quality of life.

  • January 11, 2008

    Lawyers Fear Pink Slips After Cadwalader Layoffs

    In the wake of Thursday's revelation that Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP will be handing pink slips to a slew of associates, lawyers across the nation were left wondering whether more law firms are set to suffer a similar fate.

  • January 2, 2008

    Litigation Suffers Slump In 2007

    The number of federal lawsuits filed in 2007 fell markedly from the year before, indicating a possible slump in litigation volume, our analysis of federal dockets shows.